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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Back to the Arabian Peninsula

We may not get to see the LPGA this week, but we will at least get Minjee Lee's brother at the Oman Open on the ET.

Min Woo Lee makes his ET debut as a Tour champion

Min Woo Lee makes his debut as a European Tour champion this week. He won earlier this year at the ISPS Handa Vic Open, Down Under in Australia (his and Minjee's home country).

In some ways I think this is a great place for Min Woo. The Al Mouj Golf course is in Oman, which (for those of you who don't know) is an Arab country on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Greg Norman designed the linksy course, which stretches for six kilometers (almost 3.75 miles) along the coast of the Indian Ocean. Should you stray from the fairways, there will be sand to deal with -- as well as the winds off the ocean.

Sounds a bit like the conditions Min Woo won in back home!

There will of course be a number of well-known players in the field, like Nicolas Colsaerts, Andy Sullivan, Martin Kaymer, Li Haotong, Joost Luiten, Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie, Thomas Pieters and Pablo Larrazábal.

An interesting side note: This will be the first ET event to provide its players with bamboo tees, which are biodegradable. It's part of an effort to make the game more environmentally friendly.

GC will be covering this event starting at 1:30am ET on Thursday morning. This is the third time the Al Mouj Golf course will play a part in the Race to Dubai, and Luiten described it as "one of the prettiest and best that we play all season long on the European Tour" so we've got something to look forward to on the ET this week.

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